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Indoor Track sprints for a successful season

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As fall rolls into winter, the WJ indoor track team is still on a roll.  Led by polished upperclassmen and some talented underclassmen, both the girls and boys teams will be looking to have another successful season across the boards.  Here are some big races to watch for from the boys team:

Boys 500m:

The 500 could prove to be interesting this season for the boys team, as junior Brenan Andre and senior Kevin O’Leary have done well in this race so far this year.  O’Leary finished with a nice time of 1:12.4 and Andre finished a few seconds later with a 1:15.6.

Boys 800m:

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The 800 has been a good race for the Wildcats so far this year, as senior Kevin O’Leary has put up some good times in the early meets this season.  O’Leary ran the 800 in 2:04.60 good for fourth place in the MCPS Meet #2 earlier this month.

Boys 1600m:

This event has gone well for WJ this season, as seniors Patrick Winter and Carter May finished third and eighth respectively. Winter finished with  blazing 4:43.5 and May not far behind with 4:50.5. O’Leary finished 11th in this event as well.

Another bright spot in the season has been junior Kaleb Holton.  He has run five different events so far and has had top 10 finishes in three of the five.  In the high jump at MCPS meet #1, Holton came in tenth with a height of 5′.  He came in seventh at MCPS meet #2 in the Long jump with a distance of just over 18 feet.  His third place finish was on the triple jump at MCPS meet #2, where he had a jump of 39′.

Sophomore Junon Seo sees a lot of talent on the boys side.

“I think they have the most potential in long distance,” Seo said.

He believes some of seniors will help carry the distance runners to success.

“We have good distance runners like Carter May and Patrick Winter,” Seo said.

Look for the boys team to continue to improve in their next coming meets. The next meet is Dec. 29 at the PG Sports and Learning Complex.

Here are some events to watch closely on the girls side:

300m:

In MCPS meet #1, WJ had two runners finish in the top 3; senior Sarah Caggiano, who is new to the team this year, finished in first place at 42.48 with the fastest time in MCPS so far this year.  Additionally, junior Courtney Christian finished with a time of 43.28 for third place.

55m hurdles:

WJ had one runner finish in the top 10.  Christian finished seventh with a time of 9.9 seconds, and not far behind was junior Shannon McCarty finishing just outside the top 25.

Shot Put:

Senior Caitlin Trenkle finished in fifth place with a distance of 27-07.25.  In eleventh place was another Wildcat: sophomore Toni Koroye threw the ball 24-07.00.

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